Reid: No more negotiations on payroll tax cut
December 19th, 2011
12:42 PM ET
2 years ago

Reid: No more negotiations on payroll tax cut

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Monday he will not agree to reopen negotiations with House leaders on the payroll tax cut until the House passes the two-month extension already approved by the Senate.

"I have always sought a year-long extension. I have been trying to forge one for weeks, and I am happy to continue negotiating one once we have made sure middle-class families will not wake up to a tax increase on January 1st," Reid said in a statement. "So before we re-open negotiations on a year-long extension, the House of Representatives must protect middle-class families by passing the overwhelmingly bipartisan compromise that Republicans negotiated, and was approved by ninety percent of the Senate."


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  1. strangerq

    Finally, a Democratic leader in Washington grows a pair!

    ^ Agreed.

    No more "negotiations", either pass the bill, or Boehner can take the heat for the John Boehner tax hike.

    December 19, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Jeff

    Obama was elected under the guise of change. President Obama has tried. Unlike George W. Bush, he has attempted for 3 years to engage in a bipartisan relationship. Unfortunately, the GOP has not done the same. Note to the GOP, bipartisan is not a symbol of weakness, and it certainly doesn't mean, "Since he's working in a bipartisan way, he should pass everything we propose." The idea is compromise.

    The GOP has been in the White House 28 of the last 40 years. During that time, deficits have skyrocketed, the income disparity between executives and workers has ballooned, and President's Reagan and George W. Bush have been in office during two of the worst market crashes since the Great Depression. I think the GOP has lost the moniker of the fiscally responsible party.

    December 19, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    >Watch how fast CNN fails to report on what the actuaries have said

    Totally irrelevant. Yes, the costs of this are small when compared to the many trillions in social security unfunded liablities or the long term viability of social security, but it is STILL several hundred BILLION that will have to be gotten from somewhere, like the China credit card.

    Democrats and the far left loons think they can just continue to spend and spend and give everything away for perpetuity. It is always great to hear that they're going to "pay" for it buy stealing the money from somebody else.

    December 19, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Kona

    The house already passed a 12-month extension, plus doc fix, last week. And figured out how to pay for it. No one does any realistic financial planning 2 months at a time.

    December 19, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. strangerq

    As a liberal, I agree with Boehner- why two months?

    ^ If you're a liberal, and not fronting for one, you are the densest liberal i've ever met.

    Boehner's goal is not to extend the tax-cut for 1 year. That is the presidents goal.

    Boehner's goal is to hold the country hostage to the right wings agenda.

    His proposals have included things like cut's to medicare in exchange for this "support".

    You can't be a liberal and not understand that. So you must be lying. Why not be honest and just admit you're a teabagger?

    December 19, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "put together benefits programs that can survive to help generations of Americans"

    Good thing we already have them and fixing them is really much MUCH simpler than the rich, corporations, CNN and the MSM and the GOP want you to realize.

    December 19, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. strangerq

    Obama was elected under the guise of change. President Obama has tried. Unlike George W. Bush, he has attempted for 3 years to engage in a bipartisan relationship. Unfortunately, the GOP has not done the same.

    ^ It's amazing he's accomplished as much as he has given the GOP's treasonous dedication to the Presidents destruction at -any- cost.

    However he's made things worse by continuing to "negotiate" with them.

    He is effectively in a political civil war – time to start fighting... no more unilateral bipartisanship.

    December 19, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    No more "negotiations", either pass the bill, or Boehner can take the heat for the John Boehner tax hike.
    =================================================================================
    Boehner and the Republican House ALREADY PASSED it and for ONE YEAR. It is REID that is trying to increase taxes on everybody for 10 months. Who on earth passes a national tax policy on a monthly basis???!!! Answer: clueless incompetent Democrats.

    December 19, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. jerry

    go ahead reid...you have destroyed your party. You no longer have the power you had a year ago and now your doing your part to flush the obama presidency. But, then we have a very weak president anyway. We need experienced and grown up leadership in America. Sinjce obama took office we have not even had a national budget...this is crazy.

    December 19, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "It was nothing more but an opportunity to try to steal more and more from one group to give a free ride to another. "

    You mean like the Bush tax cuts? You mean like has been going on for decades now with the rich using our tax code to grow their share of the nation's wealth and income while attenuating the amounts that "trickle down" to the rest of us? You mean like the GOP/Teatrolls are doing by destroying labor rights and labor organizations under the supeficial and blatantly ludicrous claim that public employees unions are at fault for all the debt and deficits...not the Bush tax cuts, 2 unpaid for wars and a massive Medicare pharmaceutical expansion eancted without paying for it? You mean like the GOP/Teatrolls are doing by trying to force approval of a pipeline without it having to go through a full and thorough permit review process at the State Dept. even though there are substantial environmental and public health and safety concerns and impacts that need to be analyzed? You mean like the GOP/Teatrolls are always trying to do by arguing that "job creators," their code for "the rich and corporations," need more tax cuts and deregulation, but the struggling middle class and working poor, who can barely keep themselves afloat, need "more skin in the game" and should be subject to more regulation regarding how they handle their love lives, reproductive decisions and finances?

    Don't talk to us about class warfare. The rich and corporations have already pretty much won and it's just a matter of time before the country is faced with a choice between busting out the pitchfoks and guillotines or accepting third world banana republic status from our new corporate overlords.

    December 19, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Don

    RIGHT! Reid is calling out Boehner's misguided lobbyist-driven middle-class-bashing shenanigans. Give 'em Hell, Harry!

    December 19, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. terri

    I am so tired of the whole Washington thing, Harry is at it again, never mind what is good for the country, Its all about how can we win? Harry needs to retire. He's too old. He needs to go back to Searchlight Nv and do some gardening. We need someone in Wahington who cares about America and her people. I say, TERM LIMITS. I'M SO DONE WITH THEM ALL.

    December 19, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Bob

    King Harry has spoken

    December 19, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    it's just a matter of time before the country is faced with a choice between busting out the pitchfoks and guillotines or accepting third world banana republic status from our new corporate overlords.
    ===========================================================================================

    Oh honestly Sniffit.... Your over the top communist proletariat revolt BS is quite amusing. The system that gace us the richest nation on earth, the system that has given people the most freedom, would not place its future in the hands of loons such as yourself to decide who is worthy of goods or wages. It was already tried in the Soviet Union by your buddies. The country went belly up, couldn't even feed itself. And Cuba is doing wonderfully too huh? At least the Communist Chinese recognized the flaws in their system and introduced capitalism, and now they are prospering. But once the liberty cat is out of the bag, you can't put it back in so they are playing with fire. I'm sure they think they can control everything, just like you do.

    December 19, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Bob in Pa

    Mr. Reid, you are a blow hole sir !
    We the people of the United States are tired of your hipocracy, lies and thievery !

    December 19, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Blanks

    The Senate can't even pass a budget much less negotiate. Reid is the biggest impediment obstructionist we have seen in the House or Senate for years. Don't give an inch Boehner.

    December 19, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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